4. You’re mentally flexible
Being mentally strong means having cognitive flexibility that allows you to easily switch between two ideas and consider multiple ideas simultaneously to choose the best outcome. You are always prepared to adapt your beliefs and behavior based on new verifiable information. It means you are a keen observer, a great listener, a talented thinker, and a problem solver.
5. You understand your weaknesses
Being strong doesn’t mean you refuse to acknowledge your weaknesses. Strong people never hide their weakness from the world or from themselves. In fact, they admit, accept and understand their weakness so that they can improve themselves. However, there is a difference between knowing your weakness and doubting yourself. Mentally strong people accept their shortcomings and take positive actions to work on their imperfections.
6. You can let go
Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go. – Herman Hesse
It takes a lot of strength, courage, and self-confidence to let go of dreams, goals, circumstances, possessions and, most of all, relationships. Walking away from someone is one the hardest thing you can ever do and this takes a lot of mental strength. Moreover, knowing when something is not working out and stepping back from it, whether it’s a task, business or a person, shows that you value yourself and are willing to let go of what doesn’t serve you.
7. You work on yourself
Self-improvement is a tough act. Understanding your weaknesses and actually working on them by investing time and money and taking effort is a sign that you are emotionally, physically and spiritually dedicated to developing yourself. Trying to become better, both mentally and physically, requires determination and tenacity. Even changing a small negative habit can be a tough thing to do.
8. You stay calm under pressure
Losing your temper when things don’t go your way is easy. You feel frustrated and you let out an explosive reaction without caring who it might hurt. But staying calm and keeping control over your emotions, when it’s the hardest, is a game only the mentally strong play. The ability to manage your emotions is a sign of psychological and emotional strength. Of course, you’re allowed to feel angry and frustrated, but you are capable of using your emotions in a productive way that can make the situation better for you.
Get the mental gains
“Throw away all weakness. Tell your body that it is strong, tell your mind that it is strong and have unbounded faith and hope in yourself.” ―Swami Vivekananda
Just like physical exercise helps to build mental muscles, using your willpower helps to build your mental strength. We are all mentally strong individuals coping with life in our own unique ways. However, mentally strong people take the effort to turn obstacles into opportunities by staying focused on improvement, instead of failure. Your real strength comes from inside of you. This is the difference between acting tough and being mentally strong.